Matakohe-Limestone Island


Nãu mai, haere mai


Welcome to Matakohe - Limestone Island, a sanctuary in the heart of Whangarei Harbour. The island has been the focus of restoration efforts since 1989, with a mission to restore Matakohe to a functioning coastal broadleaf forest ecosystem.

Matakohe Limestone Island is a pest free Nature Reserve nestled in the heart of the Whangarei Harbour. In little over 30 years, community restoration efforts have transformed the Island from degraded pasture into a regenerating forest habitat. More than 180,000 trees have been planted, with several native and endemic taonga species translocated to the Island so far. Just a short boat trip or paddle from the suburb of Onerahi, the motu it is open for everybody to enjoy, just leave your pets at home!

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